Of Plane Rides and Thestrals

Jenny, Gibbs, Tony, Ziva, McGee, Abby, Ducky, and Jimmy walked into the hanger they'd been directed to.

Jenny took off her sunglasses to get a better look at the plane before them. It was gigantic.

"We get to ride that to the U.K. in this?" Tony asked excitedly. "I'm liking these people that called us more and more by the second!" His smile fell into a serious face at a glare from his boss. "Um… The people that called us to help them are being very kind to us," he rephrased before rushing off with Ziva, McGee, Abby, and Jimmy towards the open door.

"We can't even say who called us out to help!" Gibbs stated as he, Ducky, and Jenny walked towards the plane, dragging their bags behind them.

"When I called SecNav he said we'd be fine and that he knows them," Jenny tried to sound more confident than she felt.

"Well, the Secretary of the Navy wouldn't send out his very best if he didn't trust in the people that requested them," Ducky assured, ushering Jenny to get into the plane first.

Gibbs got on after Ducky. The plane looked bigger on the inside than it did on the outside. The entrance room had several seats with buckles for take off and landing. The walls, floors, and seats were all a nice beige color. Other rooms spread off in every possible direction. Gibbs thought he saw a pool table… but that had to be his imagination at work. Why would there be a pool table on an air plane?

"Oh... check this out! We've got a bar!" Tony shouted from somewhere.

"You're on the job, DiNozzo!" Jenny reminded.

"Well… we're not going to get there for quite some time, Director," Tony tried to reason.

"DiNozzo, you're on the job," the Director repeated.

Gibbs found his way into the room in time to see Tony stalk off.

"Ow! McGee! I didn't mean for you to hit back that hard!" Abby whined from somewhere else on the massive aircraft.

Gibbs sighed and looked at Ducky. This was going to be a very, very long plane ride. Though the plane was extremely large, sound traveled rather well.

"Please sit down and buckle up!" a voice requested over the intercom, "We are about to take off!"

"Merlin's beard, Tonks! Would you like to go hand out treats, too?" growled another voice.

"Awe, come on, Moody! I'm only having a bit of fun!"

Jenny found one of the speakers and pushed the button on it. "You do realize you haven't turned off the intercom?"

"Intercom? Oh yeah!" the voice dubbed Tonks said. "Now which button was that?"

"The same one you pushed to turn it on!" the voice of Moody snapped. There was a click, and the intercom turned off.

Abby skipped into the area of the plane with the seats. Everyone else wasn't far behind. The NCIS team buckled up and the plane took off.

The intercom came back on after a few minutes. "You are now free to wander around as you please. If you don't mind, we prefer that weapons stay in their cases and that there be no intended injuries – "

"Tonks!"

"Alastor, you might as well leave her alone." The new voice sounded fuzzier than the others, as if it were over a phone.

"If I wanted your opinion, Minerva, I would have sent my Patronus to you!" Moody replied.

"Should I turn the intercom off again?" Tonks asked. The intercom clicked off once more.

"She sounds funny!" Abby said as she got up from her seat.

"Abby, she's flying the plane. Leave her alone," Gibbs ordered.

"I don't think she is flying the plane," Ducky argued, "She didn't sound like she had a clue as to what she was doing!"

"Well that makes us feel real safe, Ducky!" Tony quipped.

"Maybe she's just never flown a plane with an intercom before," Abby defended.

"Or, maybe, we're going to go down while we're halfway over the Atlantic and disappear like Amelia Earhart!" Tony said in reply.

"Actually, Amelia Earhart disappeared over the Pacific Ocean. She was declared dead in 1939, but my uncle claimed he saw her several times after that. I remember there was one time when I was visiting him in…" Ducky continued with his story. Abby, Tony, Ziva, and McGee slipped out one by one without the M.E.'s notice. Jimmy stayed and listened intently to the whole story. Jenny took out her glasses and paperwork. Gibbs eventually left the room to explore the rest of the plane.

"Gibbs! Gibbs! Gibbs!" Abby's voice called on the intercom.

Gibbs found the nearest speaker and punched the button. "Abby! I told you to stay away from the cockpit!"

"Gibbs, I knocked!"

Gibbs sighed and hit the button again. "What is it, Abs?"

"You've got to come up here and look at this!"

Gibbs looked skyward for a moment. He left the speaker and headed towards the cockpit. Abby would never leave him alone if he didn't. Gibbs entered the cockpit and looked around briefly. McGee was lost in all the scanners and other techie things. Abby was talking to a young woman with bright pink hair and a lively face. There was a man with shoulder length scraggly hair as well, though his back was to Gibbs.

"Gibbs! You made it! I was hoping you wouldn't get lost! This is Tonks!" Abby spoke in her usual quick paced tones.

Gibbs shook Tonks' hand at Abby's prompting.

"And I think you'll like this guy! Gibbs, meet Alastor Moody!"

The man turned around. Gibbs took in his appearance. He had a fake leg, fake eye, and scarred face. When he spoke Gibbs recognized the growl from earlier on the intercom. "You're Agent Gibbs then, eh?"

"That's me." Gibbs's shook the man's knarled hand. "Been through a bit, haven't you?"

Moody gave a wry smile. "Yup. And every time was worth it."

"What about that time you left your weapon in your back pocket and – " Tonks was cut off with a glare from her superior. Abby put a hand over her mouth to cover her smile. Gibbs chose to act as if it hadn't happened.

"What can you tell me about the murder?" he asked the deformed man.

"I can't tell you anything that Shacklebolt didn't already tell you," Moody replied. "Rules have been set. You'll be given whatever information you ask for when you get to the school."

"Whuh-oh!" Tonks suddenly exclaimed. "Moody, did we ask for escorts?"

Moody swore as he looked out the window and saw other aircraft. "Kingsley! I'll kill him! He was supposed to take care of all of this!" The angry man pushed one of the multiple buttons lining the cockpit. "Sit down and buckle up!" he commanded roughly. He turned the intercom off and looked at Gibbs, Abby, and McGee. "That includes you three!" They left the cockpit and headed back to the room they'd been in for takeoff.

"Of course," Tony complained, "right when I'm about to kick Ziva's Israeli rear in chess…"

"You would not have won anyway, DiNozzo. One more move and I would have had your king," Ziva said smugly as she tightened her seat belt.

After a few minutes of doing odd twists, turns, flips, Tony and McGee throwing up openly, Jenny throwing up in her mouth, Abby and Jimmy screaming as if they were on a roller coaster, Ducky's complaints, and Gibbs and Ziva sitting calmly, the plane resumed regular flight. Several members of the group headed off to the bathroom.

The rest of the flight went fairly calmly. There may have been an incident involving Tony, some string, McGee, and a face plant, but other than that, nothing interesting.

The team deplaned in a forest clearing. Moody gave them directions to an area about three minutes of walking away where a tall, black man with an earring was waiting.

"Mr. Shacklebolt," Jenny greeted coolly.

Kingsley Shacklebolt smiled warmly at the group. "You're here! We're so happy to have you!" He was introduced to the NCIS personnel. "Wait here for a moment, please," he requested. He took off into the forest.

"I don't think I like these people so much anymore," Tony commented. "These are new shoes!"

Gibbs looked down to realize that everyone was standing in half-dry mud.

"What are you complaining for, DiNozzo?" Jenny asked. Her heels were quickly sinking into the ground.

Kingsley Shacklebolt returned shortly, walking backwards with slabs of meat in his hands.

"Why do I get a bad feeling about this?" Tony whispered to Ziva.

"I am having bad feelings too, Tony!"

Out of the trees came an odd horse looking creature towing a carriage. It was skinny, black, had wings and creepy looking eyes.

"Ohh…" Abby cooed. "Pretty! Can I pet it?" she asked Shacklebolt. He ignored her and continued walking backwards.

Another thing appeared. Shacklebolt stopped walking and threw a chunk of meat to each of the creatures. "Yes, you can pet it, if you can see it."

"Of course I can see it! It's right there!" Abby said. She walked over to one of the creatures and began rubbing its bony side. "What are they?"

"Thestrals. They're very smart, helpful creatures. Don't upset them, though. They're very powerful, as well. Alright, everybody in!" Kingsley looked around at everyone else, as if he expected one of them to say something odd.

Tony and McGee threw everyone's luggage into one carriage and everyone somehow managed to squeeze into the second.

The ride through the forest passed in relevant silence. The carriage wheels snapped twigs and squeaked, the creatures' hooves padded softly on the undergrowth, and every once and a while, there were animal sounds. Some were recognizable, others were not.

Eventually, the forest came to an end and the carriages stopped on the boarder line of the trees.

Kingsley hopped out of the Carriage and helped unload luggage before saying anything. "And here is where we depart. Just go through those doors. If no one is there, ask the first person you see for Professor Dumbledore or Professor McGonagall."

"Thanks," Gibbs said, shaking the other man's hand. The rest of the team looked at the massive stone building before them in awe and confusion.

Kingsley headed off to the left, towards large gates.

Everyone grabbed their luggage and made their way towards the large open doors. They got up the stairs and stepped into a large hall. A dull roar was coming from behind more doors and echoed off the stone walls.

"This just keeps getting weirder and weirder," Tony said suspiciously.


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